Man with Alzheimer's Accidentally Shoots Wife

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The Wasco County Major Crimes Team is investigating a shooting incident which occurred in The Dalles on Saturday.
The Oregon State Police is leading the investigation and working in cooperation with the Wasco County District Attorney.

Preliminary information from investigators at the scene indicates that sometime around 8:52 a.m., law enforcement personnel from the The Dalles Police Department and The Wasco County Sherriff’s Office responded to a residence at 950 Pomona St., on the report of an accidental shooting.

Upon arrival, officers found Darlena Hill, 75, of The Dalles, with a gunshot wound to her abdomen. Darlena Hill was transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center where she underwent surgery and is in serious condition.

Initial investigation indicates that Hill was shot by her husband, Darrell Hill, 76, also of The Dalles. It is believed Darrell Hill, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, was handling a firearm which he thought was unloaded. While handling the firearm it discharged, striking his wife.

The investigation is continuing by the Wasco County Major Crimes Team which consists of the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, The Dalles Police Department, the Oregon State Police and the Wasco County District Attorney’s Office.